2011 Fall AAA Games Preview


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It is upon us; the fall games season is here. It’s so exciting! This list is a reminder, because you undoubtedly forgot about something or other that’s coming out this fall, because there are just that many AAA games coming up. Here we go.

Dead Island


Platforms: PC PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: Techland
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release date: September 6
Why you should care: It’s a zombie game. It’s emo. What more could you want? Read our review.

Resistance 3

Platforms: PlayStation 3
Developer: Insomniac
Publisher: Sony
Release date: September 6
Why you should care: It’s Resistance 3, baby! It’s in 3D! And it’s seriously good. Read our review.

Gears of War 3


Platforms: Xbox 360
Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Release date: September 20
Why you should care: It’s the finale of the Gears of War trilogy. You’ll finally get to maybe get some closure in this seemingly never-ending war with the Locusts. And the way all the trailers end with “Bros til the end,” you have to think it’ll be pretty emotional. And we love big, burly guys being emotional. It might just make us cry!

X-Men: Destiny


Platforms: X-box 360, PlayStation 3
Developer: Silicon Knights
Publisher: Activision
Release date: September 27
Why you should care: It’s the X-Men in a branching plot, and there is nothing better than games with branching plots. Seriously, we’ve never met a branching plot we didn’t love. That’s not to say the game will be good — you never know with Silicon Knights — but the branching plot makes it a must-buy for us.

Rage


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: id
Publisher: Bethesda
Release date: October 4
Why you should care: This post-apocalyptic shooter is the first game id’s developed since Doom 3, which came out like a million years ago. So, yeah, this is up there for the year’s most anticipated on that alone. id’s making a new game, and it’s got tesselation! What else could you possibly need to make you care about this?

Dark Souls


Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: From Software
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Release date: October 4
Why you should care: This is the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, this generation’s premiere name in masochistic gaming. This is going to be the most painful game of the year, and we’re going to love every second of it.

Forza 4


Platforms: Xbox 360
Developer: Turn 10
Publisher: Microsoft
Release date: October 11
Why you should care: This is the next stage in the war between the consoles, as Microsoft turns out their big simulation racer after last year’s Gran Turismo 5 on the PS3. Quite frankly, if you care about racing you will get this game.

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One


Platforms: PlayStation 3
Developer: Insomniac
Publisher: Sony
Release date: October 18
Why you should care: Although the decision to make a co-op-focused Ratchet & Clank game has proven controversial in my household, it’s still a new Ratchet & Clank game, and that’s all that matters. There’s no resisting the charm of good ole R&C.

Batman: Arkham City


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: Rocksteady
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Release date: October 18
Why you should care: Face it; we all loved Arkham Asylum, and so we’re all pumped and ready for Rocksteady’s sophomore effort. It promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor in every way, and we’ll get to play as Catwoman. Catwoman!

Battlefield 3


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: DiCE
Publisher: EA
Release date: October 25
Why you should care: It’s Battlefield 3. Do I really need to say more? This is EA’s straight up challenge to the shooter supremacy of Call of Duty. There’s no telling how big a bite out of the market share it’ll be able to take, but many elitist shooter fans are already trumpeting its triumph.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception


Platforms: PlayStation 3
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony
Release date: November 1
Why you should care: It’s the last of the year’s barrage of PlayStation-exclusive titles, and it’s also perhaps the most exciting of them. From where we sit, Nate Drake’s newest adventure, to find the Atlantis of the Sands, is one of those games absolutely everyone must have.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: Snowblind
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Release date: November 1
Why you should care: Snowblind is a bit of an unknown quantity at this point, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t pumped for our first Mature Lord of the Rings adventure. Yeah, it’s an original story in the LOTR universe, and it’s co-op, but BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. Bring it on.

Modern Warfare 3


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer
Publisher: Activision
Release date: November 8
Why you should care: It’s Call of Duty, the unquestioned current king of gaming. You may act like Battlefield 3 is the real s–t, but until further notice this is where it’s at. Yeah, Infinity Ward isn’t its old self, but this still looks to be the year’s great multiplayer experience.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: Bethesda
Publisher: Bethesda
Release date: November 11
Why you should care: If Modern Warfare 3 is the year’s big multiplayer event, Skyrim is its big single-player event. Really, this is the solo gaming experience everyone is waiting for. What else is there to say about it? Dragons, man.

Saints Row: The Third


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: Volition
Publisher: THQ
Release date: November 15
Why you should care: The Saints Row franchise has set the bar for outrageous sandbox gameplay, and Saints Row: The Third looks to move that bar all over again. For all you who scoffed at the intense seriousness of GTA IV, this is the game you want.

Need for Speed: The Run


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: EA Black Box
Publisher: EA
Release date: November 15
Why you should care: Need for Speed is one of our favorite long-running racing franchises, and this time it gets a real, honest-to-god story. Unfortunately,it also looks to have a whole bunch of quick-time events. So we’re both enthusiastic about the potential for awesome set pieces and not enthusiastic because we aren’t fans of QTEs. So we’ll reserve judgment.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release date: November 15
Why you should care: Assassin’s Creed is the Lost of video games, revealing new, weird mysteries every game without ever providing any answers. Revelations, being the end of Ezio’s arc, promises to give us some answers for once, and so, boy, I sure hope it’s worth it.

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